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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea's N'Golo Kante plays football 'like a rat' - Eden Hazard

The ESPN FC crew discuss Eden Hazard's improvement this season under new manager Antonio Conte.

Eden Hazard has hailed N'Golo Kante's impact since arriving at Chelsea in the summer, likening the midfielder's style of play to that of a rat.

Kante, who helped Leicester City to the Premier League title last season, arrived at Stamford Bridge in July for a reported £30 million.

The France international has instantly earned himself a place in Antonio Conte's starting XI, and teammate Hazard has praised him for the impression he has made since joining the Blues.

"He gives us confidence," Hazard...

Chelsea's Diego Costa: Spain must accept me, I won't change

Antonio Conte stresses how important Diego Costa is to Chelsea's success this season.
Craig Burley says Diego Costa's lack of discipline is no good for anybody and he won't get away with it any longer.
Julen Lopetegui wastes no time as he's omitted both Iker Casillas and Cesc Fabregas from the Spain squad.

Diego Costa bears no grudges towards former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after being overlooked for Euro 2016.

Del Bosque, who picked Costa for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after he became a naturalised player, stepped down after Spain's round-of-16 elimination in France this summer.

Costa has been included in new Spain coach Julen Lopetegui's squad for Thursday's friendly against Belgium and the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein in Leon four days later.

"I only have words of gratitude...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League Deadline Day: Chelsea, Arsenal and others still active

The ESPN FC crew discuss the report that Arsenal are close to signing Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.

With deadline day approaching, ESPN FC's Premier League correspondents assess their side's business so far and suggest what else needs to be done.

ARSENAL: A frustrating summer has turned out to be successful in the end as Arsene Wenger is set to bring in all the pieces he felt were needed to make Arsenal title contenders. He entered the transfer window looking to make three major signings, and is about to add centre-back Shkodran Mustafi to midfielder Granit Xhaka and striker Lucas Perez....

Chelsea forward Loic Remy joins Crystal Palace on loan

Loic Remy will spend the season on loan at Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace have signed Chelsea forward Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal.

Remy, 29, has not made a competitive appearance under new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and will spend the campaign at Selhurst Park, where he will be reunited with his former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

Remy arrived at Palace's training ground on Tuesday to undergo a medical assessment and finalise the details of the move, which reportedly includes an option to make the switch permanent for £12 million next summer.

"This...

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly gives up on Chelsea move - source

Chelsea appear to have abandoned their pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly due to his price tag.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has given up hope of joining Chelsea before Wednesday's transfer deadline, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.

Koulibaly, 25, has been near the top of Antonio Conte's list of desired defensive reinforcements all summer, but Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis' refusal to budge on his £60 million asking price brought talks with Chelsea to a halt.

The Blues do not intend to meet De Laurentiis' valuation of Koulibaly, who has left Italy to join up with...